Race & Identity
Wyclef Jean Raps About His Nigerian Roots And Nat Turner While Hanging From A Noose In Powerful New 'Baba' Music Video
"Came with the noose, I freed myself like Nat Turner," he raps.
Wyclef Jean released a music video for his single “Baba,” and it’s just in time for the end of Black History Month.
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The video premiered on Friday and features jarring imagery, including Jean spitting his bars while hanging from a noose.
In the song, he raps about finding out his roots through genetic testing and the meaning of that discovery: "And I just took my DNA test Don Dada/One hundred percent Nigerian Baba/When you gonna learn-uh/Can't frame a earner/Came with the noose, I freed myself like Nat Turner."
The former Fugee believes it is important for America to acknowledge its sordid history so it can move forward as a nation.
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"In order to make the future better for the next generation, we must always tell the children the truth," Jean told Complex. "It is difficult to think about and to forgive what has happened in the past, but we do have to live in the present. And, that means dealing with reality of the past and the present in hopes of building a better future."
The song will be featured on the upcoming album Wyclef Goes Back to School, according to Broadway World.
Jean has said he was inspired to create the album after interacting with college students while promoting his last album, Carnival III. He went “back to school” with students from several campuses including Howard, Temple, UCLA, University of Southern California, New York University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
The album will be out on March 15.
Watch the video below:
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